Let’s talk about the budget

A public meeting will be held in St Bryce Kirk on Wednesday, December 10, at 6pm.
A public meeting will be held in St Bryce Kirk on Wednesday, December 10, at 6pm.

Fifers are being urged to have their say on the Council’s draft budget proposals – and a number of events are being set up to help them talk about it.

A online consultation will also be launched on Monday, to get involved in discussions and debate around the challenges of changes to Council services.

Council Leader David Ross said: “We are already working differently and further changes to services that affect everyone in Fife are inevitable as we try to save £77 million over the next three years.

“We’ve now published our ideas for savings and investment and we need to know what you think. These are decisions that affect the majority of Fife’s population and we will not take them lightly.

“There are some big questions in our consultation that we’d like you to consider. For example, how can we fund vital services? Should we increase charges for services? How can we make savings in education – a service that currently amounts to over half of the council’s entire budget of £748 million?

“We want to have a discussion about the future and how we can shape and change what we do – not just to save money but to improve and invest in key local services.”

A number of ‘pop-up’ events are planned in shopping centres and supermarkets. The main event in Kirkcaldy is a public meeting on Wednesday, December 10, at 6pm, in St Bryce Kirk, which is due to be attended by Cllr Ross and Cllr Neil Crooks, the area committee chairman.

A full list of events will be available on the budget consultation website – www.fifedirect.org.uk/letstalkbudget – and they will also be publicised on Facebook and Twitter. Some of the events are subject to change, so it is best the check before attending.